Kochi Metro Rail, yesterday (Wednesday, 5th Feb 2020), signed an agreement with AFD (French Development Agency) to improve landscaping of areas along Kochi Metro corridor with special focus on non-motorised transport. The development of major junctions, landscaping, pedestrian facilities and cycle tracks are integral part of the Project.
As per the agreement, AFD will provide an amount of Rs 239 crore for non-motorised transport projects and urban place-making initiatives along the Metro corridor.
“Through this funding, KMRL is planning to improve landscaping around Kochi Metro stations and on arterial roads to facilitate the access of cycles and pedestrians. There is also a plan to improve junctions like Petta, Vadakkekkotta and SN Junction,” said KMRL managing director Alkesh Kumar Sharma.
As part of the project, KMRL is planning to construct parking spaces for vehicles at Metro stations, including multi-level car parking facility. As part of pedestrian facility improvement, footpaths in front of stations will be revamped. The existing manholes and facilities will also be restructured. “The AFD partnership will help improve connectivity to Metro stations and other mobility hubs,” said Sharma.